Okay, 26 is a Large Number


Yesterday, I sent off the first draft of my new book to a few people who had offered to take a look, give me some notes and catch any edits that need to be made. I got it out the door just a few days after my 26th birthday.

It’s a good feeling to get to that point (on both counts), but man is it exhausting.

I’ve written 4 ebooks before this one, but each of those were essentially instructional-with-stories, whereas this one is all stories with a few things I’ve learned along the way.

It’s a lot easier, I’m finding, to tell people about things you know than it is to relate stories you seldom tell and explain what they mean to you.

One of the fun benefits of running a blog like this (and having had it for 2 years TODAY) is being able to look back and see where I was this time last year, and figure out what’s changed, what hasn’t, what I wanted to accomplish and what I didn’t get around to.

I have my own analysis of myself and my life for a full two years of my life, and that’s pretty frickin’ wild.

I love living in the future.

This time two years ago, when I was 24, I wrote up my very first blog post, and if you take a look at what I was writing about (and how I wrote it), it’s decidedly different from how I communicate today, and I like to think I took a few steps down a better path since then.

If you look back at what I was writing about one year ago, when I had just turned 25, you’ll see I was discussing the then-new ebook, Networking Awesomely, which ended up being my proof-of-concept that I could make a living through online publishing if I wanted to, and that there was an audience for the kind of stuff I was interested in talking about.

Since then, I’ve met so many amazing people and done so many amazing things that it makes my mind convulse just thinking about it all, not to mention trying to figure out how it all happened in just 365 days.

It’s as if an entire lifetime has passed since I turned 25, and now I’m a completely different person, living a completely different life.

Which, of course, isn’t at all accurate.

Things have changed in my life, I’ve changed, my priorities have deviated slightly, and my goals and philosophies are still evolving and continuing along as planned. But I’m still living the life I want to be living, and can happily say that – if I were to die at this very moment – that I would die happy, and doing exactly what I want to be doing.

That’s a great feeling, and I feel very fortunate to be in a position to say it, and to have been able to say it for two whole years (and counting).

So there’s no adventure story or philosophical-musing today, just a great big thank you to everyone who has helped me get where I am by teaching me and encouraging me along the way.


Even though I feel suddenly old at 26 in a way I never felt at 25, I’m absolutely certain that just like these past two years, this will be the best year of my life to date.


  1. Great post!
    I like it.
    Ok I’ll not, because there is no LIKE button. :D

    Suggestion: Sharing is yesterday. At least for Facebook. Use this fancy like button then your posts gonna spread more and you’ll get more readers! :)

  2. “I’m still living the life I want to be living, and can happily say that – if I were to die at this very moment – that I would die happy, and doing exactly what I want to be doing.”

    Those are powerful words Colin. Most people wish they could say them and not be lying, myself included.

    I started my online writing a few months ago at 24 as well and I hope to be where you are at by 26 too.

    I’m going to check out your ebooks now…

  3. Man, I’m 2 weeks behind you and feel the same way. 26 is old in a way that 25 never was. 25 i’m still a youngster, 26 and i’m positioned in a place to be taken seriously.

  4. Congratulations on numerous milestones. I’ve only been on board for a few months and am sorry I missed the story thus far.

    Did the book preview go out to everyone that signed up or just some? I am pretty sure I signed up, but understand if it went to a select few.

  5. Colin, it’s been about 6 months since I first heard about who you were, what you were doing, and jumped on Exile LIfestyle. Since then, it’s been a journey as a reader for me to see how your own writing, goals and projects have evolved to what you’re doing now. You’ve definitely been a solid catalyst (at least electronically) for helping think about, define, and now work towards my own goals in life. A big, fat thanks to you and all the great work you do, buddy :)


    PS, I’m real happy that the commenters before me have all made 25 seem so young and youthful, since that’s the number I’m headed towards in just over a week!

  6. A few days before I turned 26… I was not too fired up about it. It didn’t seem like anything special – just sort of a bland number, and yes… feeling older. It was right at that time that I happened to watch a documentary on the life of Einstein. Apparently, according to the documentary, his life was fairly uneventful for the first quarter century. But when he was 26… he came up with his theory of relativity, and pretty much all the major works he is known for. It summarized this point with this quote…

    “Many historians refer to Einstein’s 26th year… as his year of miracles.”

    Here’s to a year of miracles man! ;)

    grace and peace~

  7. Happy Birthday Colin! Congrats on your success and wish you all the best in this next year (and in the future)! A personal thanks from me for all of the inspiration you provide! :)

  8. Congrats on your birthday Colin!

    All the best for the next year and I hope you’ll be living in more countries during the next year. I still propose you go living in the Azores for 4 months :)

  9. Welcome to your late 20s, you young whippersnapper. A long time ago, when I was your age (four years ago), we had to walk to school uphill both ways through several feet of snow, usually barefoot (although I’m entirely not sure why we weren’t wearing shoes or why I was walking to school at age 26, but I digress).

  10. You’ve accomplished a lot of things at only 26. You’ve written ebooks, spoke at several conference and you have traveled the world. Take a moment to soak it up and realize how awesome your life is.

    Now get back to work :-)

  11. Hope you had a good birthday, Colin! Glad I discovered your blog over a year ago and can participate and keep up with your life and progress.

    You are an unending source of inspiration to me and many others. You lead an awesome life and you deserve it all.

  12. sorry i missed it but cool that you have an april birthday as well? life keeps getting better as you get older, i’ve found! i remember the era of networking awesomely when you were still gathering content and then the launch… and your birthday post. a lot has happened since then and i’m proud and inspired to see what you’ve done!

  13. Oh, Colin, you are wise beyond your years and ever growing, ever strong. We are fortunate to have you as our friend, peer, and role model. All the very best to you!

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